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Wednesday, October 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Bridging the Divide: Promoting Critical Thinking in a Polarized Age

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Students constantly navigate an endless sea of information, whether they’re reading online content to incorporate into their assignments or scanning the posts and tweets in their social networks. Librarians have a vital role to play in helping prepare students to critically evaluate what they encounter online so that they can be competent researchers as well as informed citizens. In this session, librarians will discuss their participation in the Digital Polarization Initiative, a project that engages university libraries in promoting easy to use strategies for effectively fact-checking online information. As part of their participation in this initiative, librarians developed a range of assignments, activities, and online learning tools to incorporate these fact-checking strategies into library instruction and encourage students to consciously evaluate the information they encounter online. Participants in this session will learn why strategies from the Digital Polarization Initiative are effective in helping students critically evaluate information, how librarians developed instructional tools to promote these strategies, and what they can do to help students navigate the often uncharted waters of online information.

Moderators
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Catherine Tingelstad

Instruction & Curriculum Engagement Coordinator, UNC Charlotte

Speakers
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Marc Bess

First-Year and Online Learning Librarian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I am an instruction librarian and instructional designer at J. Murrey Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.



Wednesday October 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Salem 3C